Fortune favours the brave they say and Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy will be hoping that analogy runs true.
Former Packers head coach McCarthy replaced Jason Garrett in Dallas at the start of 2020.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called his franchise “fortuitous” in being able to get McCarthy through the door but there are doubts as to how long they will give him at the helm.
The Super Bowl, which McCarthy won during his time in Green Bay, is unquestionably the aim for the Cowboys, ideally this year.
It’s a very competitive NFC though, and the Cowboys did not get their season off to the best of starts with a 20-17 loss at the hands of the LA Rams.
They could have tied the game up with 11:46 remaining as the Cowboys had 4th-and-3 from the Rams’ 11-yard line.
A simple field goal would have levelled the scores, but instead, McCarthy made the aggressive, or perhaps brave, call to go for it.
It didn’t pay off and the Cowboys start the season 0-1, hardly ideal for any team with Super Bowl aspirations though Jones later admitted he was “fine” with the call.
The Cowboys have one of the most deadly, on paper, offensives with Dak Prescott still highly thought of and Ezekiel Elliott one of the best running backs in the game.
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But this is Dallas. And with Dallas come expectations. Garrett struggled in his final seasons and McCarthy may already be having his eyes opened.
"One of our primary goals in selecting the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys was to focus on improving, team builder and winner," owner Jones had said when hiring his man.
"Someone who's got a proven track record of winning, not only consistently but at the highest level.
“In Mike McCarthy we found a coach who not only checked those boxes but also has the experience of taking an NFL team to the biggest stage – the Super Bowl – and completing the job.
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“Yes, we needed Mike. We needed a coach. But to have his availability and to have his track record and ability to check all the boxes that I talked about was fortuitous for this franchise.”
But you wonder just how long Jones will stick with McCarthy if the rewards aren’t there.
The new coach may already be hoping he is given longer than just one year.
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Saints be praying
The New Orleans Saints stole Tom Brady’s thunder in Week One as they toppled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But it came at a cost for star wide receiver Michael Thomas.
The No 1 WR for many fantasy players caught three of just five targets in that win but suffered an ankle injury in the process.
At first it was thought he could play through the knock but now Thomas is expected to miss ‘several weeks’.
Drew Brees didn’t need him that much against the Bucs but the Saints will be hoping Thomas is back sooner rather than later.
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